Preserve Food at Home 2023 Spring Series

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Spring is just around the corner, and with spring comes an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables! 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to preserve your abundance? Just interested in food preservation as a hobby? Either way, we’ve got you covered. 

Starting in April, N.C. Cooperative Extension will have a variety of home food preservation classes available to you. 

A group of family and consumer science agents from our region have teamed up to offer a series of free online home food preservation classes covering the following topics: Introduction to Canning, Water Bath Canning, Pressure Canning, Freezing, Sweet Spreads, and Fermentation. See details below. 

In the time frames between these online classes, Family and Consumer Science agents Elisa Phillips (Alamance County) and Tara Gregory (Chatham County) will be offering hands-on workshops for beginners in both Alamance and Chatham counties which correspond to the preceding online class. We encourage you to attend the corresponding online class if you plan to attend an in-person workshop. 

Below are class dates and information: 

  • Introduction to Canning – An Overview (Virtual Class) 
  • Introduction to Water Bath Canning (Virtual Class) 
  • Water Bath Canning for Beginners (In-Person Workshop) 
    • April 28: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Alamance County Extension Office
    • Cost: $10.00 
  • Introduction to Pressure Canning (Virtual Class) 
  • Pressure Canning for Beginners (In-Person Workshop) 
    • May 12: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
    • Location: Chatham County Extension Office
    • Cost: $15.00
  • Introduction to Freezing (Virtual Class) 
  • Introduction to Sweet Spreads (Virtual Class) 
  • Freezer Jam for Beginners (In-Person Workshop) 
    • June 9: 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
    • Location: Alamance County Extension Office 
    • Cost: $10.00 
  • Introduction to Fermentation (Virtual Class) 
  • Fermentation for Beginners (In-Person Workshop) 
    • June 23: 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
    • Location: Chatham County Extension Office
    • Cost: $10.00

To register for any of the in-person workshops, please contact Elisa Phillips ( or 336-570-6740) or Tara Gregory ( or 919-542-8247).

 Flyer with 2023 Home Food Preservation Classes

The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Alamance County Center is located at 209-C North Graham Hopedale Rd. Burlington NC 27217. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center is located at 1192 US 64 W Business, Suite 400, Pittsboro NC 27312. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Elisa Phillips ( or 336-570-6740) or Tara Gregory ( or 919-542-8247).